I kept my word and finally made it to yoga last night! Wooo hooo!! I didn’t go to just any yoga class either. I went to my very first prenatal yoga. I have to admit – I was a little bit apprehensive about going. There were a few (very silly ) things running through my head:
- I’m not pregnant enough yet for prenatal yoga
- I’m not going to get a real “workout” in
- I’m very out of practice so it is going to be pretty rough
Luckily, I made myself get to class regardless. For anyone that has been to yoga, one tidbit you can always walk away with is that it is a practice. You are there for yourself and no one else - no comparisons, about yourself or anyone else. Pretty much, this took away the first and second bullet point above. As for the middle one, how would I really know about the intensity of the class if I had never been?
It started off much differently than any other yoga class that I have been to. We introduced ourselves, mentioned how far along we were, anything that has been going on with us, and the gender of the baby (if people knew). This made it nice and low key, and a great way to connect to other pregnant women in the community. There were 5 people including the instructor, so the class was nice and intimate. After intro’s, we grabbed a bolster and made a nice supported chair like thing. I can’t seem to find a picture of one anywhere, but it was basically two blocks formed in the shape of an L, with a bolster laying on top. It was super comfy!
We started in this reclined position and started some breathing exercises, then slowly started to get through some poses. I noticed we didn’t hold them for nearly as long as some other classes, since pregnancy greatly throws off one’s balance. We did one tiny flow sequence, just to get warmed up, but that was pretty much it for that.
The biggest aspect of the class that I noticed was the addition of a multitude of modifications for each and every pose. This is very important as with so many different stages of pregnancy, there are a variety of limitations. I am at the point where the only thing I can’t really do is lay on my stomach, but simple poses like a forward fold were difficult for those women in their 3rd trimester. It was pretty neat to be in a class that catered to so many different people. If anything, I got a lot out of just that.
The class ended with some restorative poses against the wall (to help with balance), and then a light meditation. The instructor, Aimee, was really great. She knew nearly all of the students by name and really took the time to get to know those of us that were new to her class.
I’m really glad I went to check out the class, without a doubt. I do think I am still in the part of my pregnancy where I can benefit from getting to a Flow 1 class, and just slightly modifying the poses. By no means am I counting out prenatal yoga, but I think I may get to it later on in my pregnancy, or just every few weeks or so. I can see a lot of benefit, for myself and Baby Baum, and I know if will be a great addition to my exercise routine as I get a bit rounder